FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE SERGEANTS' BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
Over Six-Year Deal Provides 27.5% in Increased Compensation
Veteran Sergeants Pay Will Exceed $103,000 Before Overtime
Enhanced Incentives to Become Sergeant
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that a tentative contract settlement has been reached with the Sergeants' Benevolent Association (SBA) on a collective bargaining agreement covering the seventy-four (74) month period from June 1, 2005 through July 31, 2011. The agreement, which is subject to ratification, covers over 4,600 frontline supervisors in the Police Department. The total increase in compensation for Sergeants over six years is approximately 27.5%. The total compounded wage increase is 24.3%. Under the agreement, veteran Sergeants total compensation will exceed $103,000 before any overtime pay is earned. In addition, the agreement doubles the budgeted amount of Sergeant Special Assignment lines from approximately 5% of Sergeants to 10% of Sergeants. This contract settlement comprises three distinct rounds of bargaining. The first two rounds conform to patterns first set by the Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association, respectively. The third one establishes the parameters for a new round of collective bargaining.
"I am proud to give our NYPD sergeants a well earned raise," said Mayor Bloomberg. "All of our City's municipal employees expect - and deserve - fair compensation. Our Police Sergeants, the frontline supervisors of the Finest, have contributed immensely to our City's successes and are part of the reason we remain the safest big city in the country. I am pleased the SBA rolled up their sleeves and negotiated a collective bargaining agreement the old-fashioned way - at the bargaining table."
"I am pleased that the City and the Sergeants Benevolent Association have settled this contract," said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. "Sergeants, as the NYPD's frontline supervisors, deserve the increased compensation reflected in this agreement."
"We are happy to have reached a tentative agreement with the City," said SBA President Ed Mullins. "Under this contract NYPD Sergeants will receive compensation that increases their salaries to over $100,000 by the end of this agreement. This agreement is step toward closing the pay disparity between the NYPD and our surrounding police counterparts."
At the end of this contract, a Sergeant's basic maximum salary will be $94,962. With longevity pay, holiday pay, uniform allowance and other compensation total pay for veteran Sergeants will exceed $103,000. Those Sergeants who receive special assignment pay, such as Supervisors of Detective Squads, will be paid $109,002. The agreement doubles the budgeted amount of Sergeant Special Assignment lines from approximately 5% of Sergeants to 10% of Sergeants. Over the six-year term, the total cost of the agreement is approximately $200 million, most of which has already been budgeted.
Additional Compensation Funds
Effective July 1, 2008, there will be increases in the retiree welfare fund contribution and in the longevity schedule. As in the last round, there will be a uniform differential, this time worth 1.59% and will take the form of increased longevity pay and other compensation.
For Sergeants newly promoted on or after April 1, 2006, the following modified salary schedule shall apply effective July 1, 2008:
Newly promoted Sergeants earned a starting salary of $61,093 effective June 1, 2005; under this agreement newly promoted sergeants will earn a starting salary of $73,000 effective July 1, 2008. This enhanced schedule reflects the Administration's concerted efforts to rebuild an adequate salary structure for newly promoted Sergeants who were formerly compensated under a reduced pay plan. The parties applied most of the funding available on July 1, 2008 to address this specific area of the contract.
The Mayor thanked Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler, Labor Commissioner James F. Hanley and First Deputy Commissioner Pamela S. Silverblatt and their team, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Budget Director Mark Page and his staff for their efforts in reaching this Agreement. The Mayor also congratulated SBA President Edward Mullins and his Committee.
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